The 19th annual Choteau Ranch Rodeo, featuring teams of area ranchers pitted against local livestock, is set for Aug. 31, with a Calcutta auction at noon and rodeo action starting at 1 p.m. at the Choteau rodeo grounds.
Immediately following the rodeo, there will be a session of open ranch bronc riding. Anyone interested in competing in the bronc riding should call Calon Yeager at 590-8903 for more information or to sign up to enter.
The Ranch Rodeo events will include team penning, team branding, steer mugging and trailer loading. All events will be time limited to keep things wild and western at a fast pace. Unnecessary roughness of livestock is prohibited but livestock roughing up cowboys is guaranteed.
Local volunteers put on the ranch rodeo, and this year’s event has received support from many Choteau and area businesses. All proceeds raised during this event are earmarked for local civic projects.
Admission is $5 per person, with children under 5 admitted free of charge. The Teton CattleWomen will run a concession stand during the event. A “candy bar race” for little kids will also be held. Coolers are welcome.
Custom leather-worker Sparky Wallace will have a booth with inventory from his Cow Camp Supply business open for shoppers.
Staff for the rodeo will include Curt Rasmussen as announcer and Ann Hall as the timer. Erich and Katie (Imholte) Gabriel will be the auctioneers for the Calcutta.
Teams consist of four to five members and all have to be on horseback. Cash and prizes are awarded to the top four placers, determined by the lowest total time for all five events. Special awards are also given for: best all-around cowgirl and cowboy, best all-around horse and best roper. The Top Hand will be honored with the B.J. Johnson Memorial award, and the Rough Rider award will be given in memory of Luke Collins.
For more information, call Lauren Long at 590-3876.
This year’s 12 teams and members (tentatively) are:
•Johnson Ranch — Andrew Johnson, Marvin Johnson, Tim Hitchcock, Jordan Briden and Gus Eaglespeaker.
•Cow Camp Supply — Sparky Wallace, Layne Durfee, Tyler Durfee, Dave Buck and Jacob Hatch.
•Pollack Ranch — Shane Dellwo, Seth Hodgskiss, Ty Lidstrom and Calon Yeager.
•Browntown Cowboys — Frid England, Bill Fields, Roy St. Goddard and Darrell Hall.
•Harmon Quarter Horses — Remington Campbell, Danny Campbell, Lane Harmon, Dell Harmon and Troy Harmon.
•A Team — Quentin McCauley, Colter Davis, Bruce Neal, Jake Smeltzer and Chase Erickson.
•Farsiders Cattle Co. — Sierra Brown, Eli Brown, Cody Klein and Kailey Klein.
•Gypsy Basin Cattle Co. — Matt Crabb, Jere Vandenbos, Don Thompson, Silas Clark and Jess Kropp.
•Salmond Ranch — Jason Levine, Mark Salmond, Jere Long, Jeff Salmond and Ben Neal.
•“Rope and Choke” Gang — Michael Rickard, Robert Doswell, Tiana Doswell, Corey Northup and Lacey Davidson.
•Mountain View Co-op — Jason Weaver, Matt Nisley, Dusty Weaver and Kody Weaver.
•Simanton Livestock — Jeremy Pierce, Reid Robinson, Ross Salisbury and Guy Simanton.